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Old 08-25-2017, 03:01 PM
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I need a heavy duty walk behind mower. I don't cut lawns for a living, so I don't need a mack daddy, wide path $3,000 + mower. What I need is a mower that will be used once, maybe twice a month on over grown knee high grass and weeds. I buy a lot of houses and vacant properties out of foreclosure and a lot of times the previous owner or bank has not maintained it at all and it has gone to shit. These are not huge estates, generally a 100' x 100' lot or smaller, but over grown and needs to be cutdown. A regular homeowner lawnmower like you buy at Home Depot will usually get the job done, but it sometimes takes multiple passes, gets clogged up easily and they don't tend to have a long life span. Looking for something a bit more heavy duty, but not as big, heavy or expensive as a professional grade mower. Also need it to be able to fit through a typical walk through gate, get around tighter spaces like a/c units. etc. Any suggestions?
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Are you talking about something as heavy duty as a brush mower like http://www.drpower.com/power-equipme...nual-start.axd ?

It might be worth looking into renting them when needed instead of buying and maintaining.
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I was thinking the same way; a heavy-duty string trimmer mower. Not much else in the less than 30" width range; either blade or string, and my guess is that string might be a better fit.
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No, nothing as heavy duty as the brush mower.....maybe just a really well built, heavy duty mower that looks like a regular residential lawnmower. Don't need to take down shrubs or anything like that, just overgrown grass and weeds that result from not mowing the grass for an extended period of time.
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https://www.toro.com/en/professional...rfmaster-22210
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I bought an abandoned property that was neglected for over a year. Had grass, brush, cane and dropped tree limbs hidden in the mix. The thing that worked best was a good trimmer fit with a brush head or blade. Could walk the property taking 5' + swathes down to a few inches above the turf. Afterwards I could see all the obstacles and cut it with a standard mower.
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I did that for three years. Cut a lot of bank foreclosed yards. The first cut was usually overgrown. You will need a commercial mower, Kawasaki engine, 36" deck will get through most gates. I would recommend an Ex-Mark.
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Originally Posted by Brezinup View Post
I did that for three years. Cut a lot of bank foreclosed yards. The first cut was usually overgrown. You will need a commercial mower, Kawasaki engine, 36" deck will get through most gates. I would recommend an Ex-Mark.
I bought a snapper pro 36" 12 years ago and never looked back. I can mow my .25 acre in 20 minutes. I can bag all the leaves that fall with no issues. Best $500 I've spent.
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You wanting something that may not exist. I use a Honda self propelled plastic deck HR217 mower with an extra large engine and it does great.

The high quality walk behinds are expensive and slow sellers--now replaced by zero turn mowers.
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Look at Sarlo high wheel mowers. They are built in Ft. Myers since 1935.
I just purchased a 30" self propelled walk behind with the high wheels.They look similar to the old Yazoo high wheel mowers.
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I need exactly what you are in the market for, even though I have a very nice zero turn I prefer a self propelled, the commercial jobs were just to heavy and the yard machines are to light, but I bought a snapper rear wheel drive that had the same drive wheel as the old reliable original snapper, I did not like that mower, it had a lot of vibration and the rear wheel drive wanted to pull you along in the turn.

I dumped it and have a snapper front wheel drive self propelled now, one time a year I give that thing hell, I use it for a light bush hog on a lot with the mulch shoot in place, I mow up to about an inch brush down, 3 years in a row now still going, it wipes out the blade. I have removed 2 curls of the govenor spring now and got it revving up and it is still occasionally leaving a grass top but doing better. These motors need need to turn more rpm, we are not in california!

I left a really good self propelled mower behind in a move, it was an EDDLEMAN with a tricycle wheel in the front, it was perfect, even for cutting brush. indestructible and not to heavy We need a good in between size mower, hope someone will suggest one. I prefer front wheel drive so when you need to stop or turn you just take a fractionn of the weight off the front wheels and let them keep turning.
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Originally Posted by redtroutman View Post
Look at Sarlo high wheel mowers. They are built in Ft. Myers since 1935.
I just purchased a 30" self propelled walk behind with the high wheels.They look similar to the old Yazoo high wheel mowers.
Sarlo Mowers.com 👍
Thanks, that looks a lot like what I'm looking for. We had a big wheel mower when I was kid that I used to mow our pasture with when I was being punished (dad let me use the bush hog otherwise) and I really liked the belt driven blade....doesn't tweak the crank shaft when you hit a chuck of wood or some other large object hidden in tall grass. Also like the fact that it's made in Ft Meyers which is driving distance from me.....looks like I can get a lot more mower for the price than Toro. Really digging the Big Mo 30....
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Yep, I was considering the big mo 30, but my dealer said it was 2 months back ordered.The big mo 34 was more than I wanted to spend, but they were available. I wanted the old style high wheel self propelled mower anyway and got the 30" cut. My dealer says the surrounding county road crews have Sarlos the date back 20 years and still being used.
Gonna cut my 1 acre on Sunday for the 1st time. Will let you know how it goes...
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I picked up a used Gravely big wheel commercial walk behind used for $300. Works for some of the high brush on the deeper areas of the property. Works great.

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